Learning is more than academics. Explore yoga. Dance to a new beat. Learn to code. Play chess. Conduct a scientific experiment. Speak a new language. And much more.
National Dance Institute (NDI) was founded in 1976 by New York City Ballet principal dancer Jacques d’Amboise in the belief that the arts have a unique power to engage children and motivate them toward excellence. Through award-winning programming that is joyful, inclusive, and both physically and intellectually engaging, students develop dance skills and creativity, empathy and self-expression, and persistence and confidence–all of which support their success both in school and in life.
Mentor teachers Rina Deshpande and Samantha Lopez lead students in a joyful exploration of yoga. Over the program’s five weeks, Rina and Samantha progressively introduce students to a series of yoga positions, including mountain pose, downward dog, warrior pose, and tree pose, as well as breathing and meditation techniques, all of which can be practiced with or without props commonly found at home. As they develop their personal practice, students are encouraged to follow their own pace and create their own modifications. Yoga and mindfulness techniques are naturally evolving practices, meaning there is no measure of success beyond finding presence and a balance of comfort and positive transformation in the mind, breath, and body.
The BioBus mission is "to help minority, female, and low-income K-12 and college students in New York City discover, explore, and pursue science." BioBus envisions a world where all people have the opportunity to reach their full scientific potential. Since 2008, over 250,000 students at more than 500 schools have discovered the thrill of scientific discovery, with many embarking on a path of scientific exploration.
Students 2 Science and Mesh Ed host a virtual STEM program for students across the United States. Each laboratory, geared for middle school students, brings Next Generation Science Standard experiments into virtual classrooms. A Students 2 Science scientist begins by introducing the subject and background material and then begins the experiment. The lesson then turns to local teachers and students to anticipate the experiment's outcome. At lesson's end, the class returns to the scientist; the results are revealed and key conclusions are drawn. Skills developed include critical thinking, problem-solving, data analytics, and collaboration, and students see science as an exciting pathway to 21st-century jobs.
Over 300 million people around the world use Duolingo to help them learn languages. The fun, game-like lessons keep students motivated and excited about language. Best of all, as studies by the City University of New York and others have shown—it really works.